Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker, Huffington Post Contributor, and cast member of The Fashion Hero television show airing on Amazon Prime. She is also author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale, The Land of If Only, The Story Formula, and The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. She was a featured entertainer for Holland America Cruise Lines, keynote speaker for the International Toastmasters Convention, and has keynoted major conferences and corporate events from coast to coast.

Kelly’s wacky wit and powerful stories have charmed hearts and tickled funny bones for over 15 years. In addition to her role as a funny motivational speaker, Kelly teaches people how she does it by sharing what she has learned about connecting and engaging to have more influence in business, through the use of one tool – strategic storytelling. Sharing her own powerful journey through story and the formula she discovered, you come to that magical place where the art of story meets the business of persuasion.

Most Requested Programs

Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale - Hanging on to humor when life doesn't go the way you planned.

Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale - The Quarantine Edition. A virtual program on how to deal with a dream that has been put into quarantine.

The Story Formula: Connect and Engage through the Power of Strategic Storytelling.

Creating the Story Driven Culture / Leader / Team / Brand / Sales Person / Customer Service


What people are saying about Kelly
at her "High-Energy Content Rich Workshops"

“Thank you for your inspirational, funny, and practical talk on Strategic Storytelling to our healthcare leaders. You have kick started something in our organization that will make a profound difference in our culture.” - Tri Tang, Carolinas Healthcare

as a "Hilarious and Motivating Keynote Speaker"

“Your keynote was masterfully crafted and outrageously entertaining. Your artful storytelling took over 2000 people on a journey which was more relevant to our theme than I could have imagined. We look forward to having you back!” - Dan Maddux, Executive Director, American Payroll Association

as a "Consultant and Coach"

“Participating in Kelly’s program is like getting a master’s degree in storytelling. I walked away with a significantly better keynote that allowed me to make a stronger connection with my audiences.” - Keith Harmeyer,

for the "The Big Projects"
One Client, 35 Events, in One Year

We met Kelly in 2018 at the annual conference of the National Speakers Association, where we went to find the best of the best. Kelly ran a workshop for her fellow professional speakers to help them improve their own presentations, and we were amazed. Not only was she a master storyteller herself, but she had a genius for helping others to do the same. We said to each other: “Wow, if she can do this for professional speakers, imagine what she can do for us in IT!” So, we booked her for all our events throughout 2019.

I am writing this testimonial in December 2019, and Kelly has been an absolute pleasure to work with this entire year. She was the keynote for ten of the events I personally ran for our company, but she also spoke at 35 of our events. She is professional, funny, easy to work with and dependable. What more can you ask for?

It was very impressive to see Kelly build a keynote to fit our niche audience of executive government IT folks. She did a wonderful job educating our attendees on the importance of storytelling in life and business, while making it real to them on how they can apply this skill in their fields. My favorite part of her session was when she would go into the audience and interview random people to find out what they do, who they help, problems they run into, etc. to pull their story out of them while giving tips on the spot to help tell that story in an impactful way to garner more interested and stakeholder support.

Kelly can motivate anyone while keeping it light and humorous. I definitely recommend her to any business or organization! She has become a good friend and we will definitely be staying in touch.
- Reilly Mortimer, National Conference Director, Government Technology Magazine